Kitchen Social gives children and young people a safe place to go during the school holidays where they can socialise, make new friends and get a healthy FREE meal.
The programme is about so much more than just food. It looks at general mental and physical well-being and social integration. Additional benefits include learning about healthy eating, skills development, social inclusion, identification of children and young people in need and the development of staff, volunteers and local capacity.
Since launching in January 2017, Kitchen Social has engaged 95 hubs across 23 boroughs – 46 are delivering the programme and a further 32 have been trained and are preparing for delivery. The initiative has helped to provide 10,800 meals to 1,728 children and young people. Youth clubs, schools, churches, adventure playgrounds and community centres across London are amongst those providing free meals and activities for the capital’s hungry school children.
“I learned how to be creative with food and tried so many new dishes, like bean curry, which I would never have had before”– Young Person
“We had an 18 year old living in a hostel and noticed she was eating the available food with appetite; this grabbed our attention and we discovered the difficult situation she was living in and her food insecurity. We assisted her assuring she gets help through the correct services“ – Youth Worker
“My children benefitted so much, they played sports, which means they got lots of exercise whilst having fun” – Parent
“I learned how to cook on a large scale and encouraged parents to change in terms of meals they provided at home” – Youth Worker
“We learned it’s actually fun to eat healthy” – Young Person
“700,000 children are living in poverty in London and therefore are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays. Any hunger among children in a city as prosperous as London is simply not acceptable. I therefore give my full support to Kitchen Social.”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
If you run a club during the school holidays and would like to offer the young people a FREE healthy meal, then get in touch. We offer funding, free training and resources to support you.